Letter to the Editor

Help American Legion Post #23

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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With Veterans Day approaching, we all stand with respect for those men and women who were willing to sacrifice all in order to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy. These are truly our nation's heroes and worthy of our honor and support.

I am writing this letter to inform you about one group of Veterans who can use your support especially now: those men and women of American Legion Post 23 in Spirit Lake.

For over a year they have been battling a leaky roof in their building. Strapped with limited funds and facing a large replacement bill they are questioning how they are going to meet the demand. Thousands of dollars are needed. We can help them even as they have done so much for us!

Our local Post, Timpe 23, has been a tremendous asset to our community. Every Memorial Day weekend they dutifully put up flags on the courthouse lawn. Currently they own and display over 324 flags which are flown and have over 100 that are out of rotation, each one representing a Veteran from our community who has died. What a tremendous tribute! The Boy Scouts and Legion summer baseball teams are additional recipients of these dedicated servicemen and women. Every year they sponsor an outstanding junior to represent us at Boys State in Des Moines providing an unparalleled experience in government.

Spirit Lake has an excellent school system, and the Legion has the privilege of providing a scholarship to one student attending the college of their choice. It is always a difficult decision choosing only one from the many applicants, but it is an honor to be able to support our students in this way. And on the solemnest of days you will find these men in uniform rendering honors at the graveside of our loved ones.

This summer over 10,000 masks were made in this building by the Legion Auxiliary and mailed throughout the state as well as given to local establishments. It is a versatile building and a valuable asset to our community!

What can you do? Remember to thank a veteran for their service and what they do for our community. Then consider making a donation to the American Legion Post #23 building Roof Fund and sent it to:

P.O. Box 234

Spirit Lake, IA 51360

 

To those who have given so much for us we have an opportunity to give and support them in return.

 

Michael Wolfram

Member, American Legion Post 23